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Southland Staff

Come meet the leadership team here at Southland Baptist Church.

Meet our leadership

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Chris Curran - Pastor

Chris Curran was called to Pastor Southland Baptist Church in March 2018. Before ministering at Southland, Chris served churches in Katy, Hearne, Houston, Sugar Land. Chris and his wife, Brooke have two daughters: Carly and Allie. 


B.B.A., Baylor University

M. Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary

DMin., Logsdon Seminary

chris@southlandbaptist.org

Dr. Tim Lyles - Worship Minister

Tim Lyles has been at Southland since August of 2011. Before ministering at Southland, Tim served churches in San Marcos, Seminole, Mertens, and Clifton, Texas. Tim enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and rooting for the Baylor Bears.


B.A., Baylor University

M.Div., D.Min., Truett Seminary at Baylor University

tim@southlandbaptist.org

Elias Garcia - Associate Pastor

Elias Garcia recently joined the Southland leadership team in May 2022. Before ministering at Southland, Elias served churches in Houston, Brownwood, Plainview, and Memphis, TN. Elias has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Howard Payne University and a Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Vennessa, have two children, Anika and Aren. He is an avid sports fan and loves playing disc golf.


B.A., Howard Payne University

M. Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary

elias@southlandbaptist.org

Janet Abernathy - Children's Minister

Janet Abernathy joined the Southland leadership team in 2010. She has a passion for children and their families, Vacation Bible School, and Kid's Camp. Janet is married to Bryan, and they enjoy life with their five beautiful children, Kaden, Mary-Kate, Everly, Pippa, and Brighton.


B.A., Angelo State University

M.A., Dallas Baptist University

janet@southlandbaptist.org

Becky Ethington - Administrative Assistant to Pastor & Associate Pastor, Receptionist

Becky Ethington joined the staff of Southland in September 1994. Becky has been with Southland for 27 years. She’s a proud mother and grandma. Becky loves to do yard work and watch her grandsons play sports.

becky@southlandbaptist.org

Lisa Dillard - Administrative Assistant to Worship Minister

Lisa Dillard joined the staff of Southland in April 2009. She graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Science. She has had 18 years of experience as a church secretary. Lisa is married to Jackie, and they have two sons, Kyle and Austen, and one grandson, Leon.

lisa@southlandbaptist.org

Nicole Garcia- Communications Coordinator

Nicole Garcia joined the Southland staff June 2021. She graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. She is married to Lucas and they have a daughter on the way. Nicole has a passion for people and community.

nicole@southlandbaptist.org

Stephanie McLane - CDC Director

Stephanie McLane has recently joined the Southland Staff to run our Child Development Center. Her passion and love for children shines through the relationships Stephanie builds with our families. We are so excited to have Stephanie and to watch how she helps our CDC grow. Stephanie is married to her high-school sweetheart, William of 25 years. They have two children, Robert and Lauren. Stephanie graduted with her Elementary Education degree with a minor in English and has over 20 years of experience in education.

cdc@southlandbaptist.org